Before founding iQuest, Cornelius (48) was a management consultant with Cap Gemini, his last position being Managing Director, Romania. Cornelius holds a Master of Sciences in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Cornelius combines entrepreneurial drive with a love of sports and music. He used to play water polo and the piano, now he spends his spare time swimming, listening to jazz and reading. “One of the great things about my job”, he says, “is that we are creating a lot of value in a highly dynamic environment. It’s fulfilling to see our ideas bearing fruit and a strong, healthy company culture in place as we grow, maintaining our flexibility and agility.”
I am defining myself as an architect. This means a certain formation, a specific perspective upon this world and way to pay contribution in its transformation. To be an architect is “to pay it forward” and I am trying to this in the three ways I may use: trough my work, performed with my team, by what I transfer to my students and with my actions for better architecture. From another point of view of my definition I am presenting myself as being from Cluj, born, loaded with memories and wishes and rooted here. When I succeed anything, there is here where I am the happiest. Partner in architecture and urban planning offices Dico and Tiganas and Planwerk, professor at Architecture and Urban Planning School of the Technical University of Cluj – Napoca and president of the Order of Architects of Romania.
Simona Baciu is a visionary and a change agent. She believes that every hardship can be an opportunity to grow. As a technology teacher in the early 90’s, she felt burned out and limited in the opportunities extended to her within the Romanian educational system, so she decided to travel the world and see how education was done somewhere else. Almost twenty years later, the International School of Cluj, the school that she founded, has become the only school in Transylvania that is accredited to teach both the Romanian National Curriculum and the Cambridge International Curriculum. With 400 students enrolled, from 25 countries, the school is starting a true revolution in education, being chosen by the Ministry of Education to be a pilot school for educational reform, as “a model of good practice.” It wasn’t easy getting to this point, but, as Simona would say, the harder the times, the more meaningful the lesson.
Adrian is the founder of Trend Consult and currently holds the function of Managing Partner. In the last ten years, Adrian developed and delivered training sessions on sales and personal development, for multinational and Romanian companies, he was involved in consultancy projects, coaching and mentoring for managers and entrepreneurs. Now he is leading the international development of the Trend Consult Group (already extended in Poland and Austria) and he contributes in the research projects and development of the group.
Raluca-Ioana van Staden
Raluca-Ioana van Staden is Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Electrochemistry and PATLAB Bucharest in the National Institute of Research of Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Assistant Professor at University of Bucharest. The author of three books and of more than 170 articles in scientific journals, as well as of numerous chapters in books in the field of sensors technology. She received numerous international prizes from societies such as South African Chemical Institute (Raikes Medal), IUPAC, World International Laboratory, and from innovation salons from Geneva, Warsaw, Moscow, Brussels. The most important prize – WIPO AWARD FOR THE BEST WOMEN INVENTOR was received in Geneva in 2010, at the 38th Salon of Innovation and New Products for a microsensor capable to diagnose 4 types of cancer in less than 6 minutes. She had given and has more than 200 presentations at international conferences and symposiums in Europe, North and South America and Africa. She also holds a B.Sc. degree (1996) in piano and musical education and the M.Sc. degree (1997) in musical composition from the Academy of Music, Bucharest, Romania.
Vasile Dâncu is President of the Romanian Institute for Assessment and Strategy (IRES) and founding member of the Romanian Association for Assessment and Strategy (ARES). Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bucharest and associate professor at the National Intelligence Academy and the Faculty of Sociology, University Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca. He delivers courses in General Sociology, Communication, Market Research, Strategic Management. He is a member of ESOMAR (European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research) and he coordinates the section of Sociology Communication, Knowledge and Information Technology in the Romanian Sociologists Society. He became a trainer in intercultural communication after the participation in an European research program initiated by the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ). He is also a former director of the cultural magazine “Tribuna” and chief-editor of the publication “Transylvanian Review”.
I am a comedian. My art is one of paradoxes. The fundamental paradox is that I’m not what I seem to be. I have a histrionic spirit, protean, I practice transfiguration, I love the fever and the frenzy of metamorphosis. The comedians are border beings. Ambiguity is our feature. The interval, the gap, “the no man’s land” is our homeland. Here the real and unreal are mixed and confused. Here is where the exchange is done, where we receive and where we give forth. I think about the relationship between the actor and the character, then about the relationship with the audience. To give forward relies on to know how to receive. The state of “receive” and “give” is a meeting with two heads. To receive one must prepare, to train, to go through a process in which the expansion of the being takes place. Only an opened and dilated body-spirit can receive and can pay it forward. Give, take, act, react, transform are verbs defining a theatrical act. When playing, I pay it forward. I pay forward to the audience what I received from Euripides, from Shakespeare, from Caragiale or Beckett. When I teach, of course, I pay forward. For my students, I am someone through whom the teaching is going through. To become a master, you must start by being a disciple.
Professor Nicolae Hâncu is the number one personality in Romanian diabetology, as often self-defined, “the man his work”. Author of pioneering publications in the domain of clinical lipidology and of referenced monographs on cardiovascular and diabetes risk, professor Hâncu had a major contribution in the research development on diabetes, nutrition, metabolic diseases in Romania, but also in increasing its visibility abroad. He shares his vision for the medical profession: “Aesthetics and ethics in medicine are inseparable. I dare to say that they form the gothic arch of our profession. On one of it’s side there is the beauty and on the other the morality, and from the peak of their junction perpetual light springs inside the dome, ensuring the path of science towards human health.” The recognition of his value materialized this year by being awarded the title of Honorary Member of the supreme institution of culture and science in our country, the Romanian Academy.